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Beautiful emerald hue in the glass shows the youthful side of this Chardonnay. Nose is full of spice and tropical fruit, with hints of honey, minerals and lime. Palate is rich and textured with biscotti and graham cracker, before quickly shifting to plum skin and lemon zest in the bright long finish.
With the earlier hand harvested fruit and the later machine harvested fruit, this is a story of two (well 4 actually) separate wines. We whole cluster pressed the early harvested fruit and fermented it in stainless steel barrels and tanks with selected yeast strains, and then took the machine harvested fruit and fermented it in oak (French and American) using only native yeast. The barrel portion went through malolactic fermentation, while the stainless component retained a great freshness in the wine.
Production: 1866 cases
Harvest Date: September 4 – October 6 2015
Bottling Date: June 2016
Cellaring Potential: 3-5 years
Residual Sugar: 3.0 g/L
Awards & Ratings
- John Schreiner, October 2016
- Decanter World Wine Awards 2017, Bronze Medal
- 2018 All Canadian Wine Championships, Gold
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2018, Bronze Medal
The newly released Tinhorn Creek 2015 Chardonnay is almost startling because it is so fresh, vibrant, and delicious. But surprise should not really be in the discussion anymore. Proprietor Sandra Oldfield and her team of two Andrews, winemaker Windsor and viticulturist Moon, seem to go from triumph to triumph. This wine is superb company for any delicate seafood dish, or for simple fireside sipping pleasure. Great to see what the Okanagan is doing on such a sustained, regular basis.
-Jim Tobler, Editor's Picks Montecristo Magazine, November 2016.
This was a featured wine in June's wine club package.
Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley, BC
Vineyard: Diamondback vineyard (Black Sage Bench), Tinhorn Creek vineyard (Golden Mile Bench)
Cases Produced: 1,900
Appearance: Bright, clear, pale lemon in colour.
Nose: Medium-plus intensity, with red apple, lemon rind, pineapple, pear and vanilla notes showing well.
Palate: Medium-bodied and with great intensity and texture, this Chardonnay delivers plenty of fresh apple, melon, ripe pineapple, lemon zest and brioche notes. Modest oak adds complexity and structure, while light acidity provides balance.
Quality: An elegant white that manages to tip the hat to both Burgundy and Sonoma County, Tinhorn’s Chardonnay is certainly better than most wines from those regions in a similar price point. Impressive complexity for the price.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
“Sourced predominantly from the Diamondback vineyard in the Black Sage Bench, the fruit in this Chardonnay is plenty ripe, without ever falling victim to over-ripeness or heavy-handed winemaking. Rather, the depth of complexity here — the balance between fruit, oak and acidity — speaks volumes about the quality of the vintage and the savvy of the winemaker in knowing when to let the juice do the talking. Malolactic fermentation and a portion of the wine seeing time in barrel adds depth to this wine without diminishing the freshness —no simple task. No wonder, then, it received a whopping 95 points at Decanter’s 2016 World Wine Awards.”
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press